Tips for choosing the right cruise in Halong Bay

Choosing a right cruise in Halong Bay may be a difficult task, especially for the first timers. Nowadays, due to a seemingly endless array of options, choosing a suitable cruise can make or break your vacation experiences. There are many factors leading to the right decision, however normally, to select the right cruise, you should answer the following questions yourself:

What is your budget?

Are you crazy about searching and reading endless information about numerous cruises in Halong Bay? If so, don’t worry because you can eliminate one-third or even if two-thirds of these options after answering this question. All cruises in Halong Bay can be classified into three types depending on its price, which are budget cruises, mid-range cruise, and luxury cruise. The price for luxury cruises range from US$120 – US$473 with top choices including Violet Cruise, Paradise Peak Cruise, and Au Co Cruise. Meanwhile, the fares for Halong mid-range cruises are more reasonable, from US$115 – US$340. The most favorite mid-range cruises include Grayline Cruise, Glory Cruise, Dragon Pearl Junks, etc. For budget cruises, there are also lots of options such as Alova Gold Cruise, Oriental Sails, V’Spirit Cruise, Aclass Legend Cruise. Budget cruises will cost around US$98 – US$125. 

Do you like a private or an open space?

After planning your budget, this question will help you continue removing a large number of inappropriate cruises. If you prefer private cruise, congratulations because the process of selecting the right cruise is almost done. Currently, there are very few private cruises in Halong Bay, namely, Bhaya Legend Cruise, White Dolphin Private Cruise, Princess Junk Private Cruise, and Paloma Private Cruise. 

Who are your companions?

Are you planning to go on a cruise in Halong Bay with your kids? your family? your lovers? or your friends? For different partners, there are different choices. For examples, some Halong cruises offer better services for honeymooners than others such as Signature Cruise, Paradise Cruise, Indochina Sails, Au Co Cruise, Orchid Cruise, Valentine Cruise, and Petit While Dolphin Cruise. Meanwhile, some lines are much more focused on families with young kids (Glory Cruise, Bhaya Cruise, Lazalee Cruise, Grayline Cruise, and Indochina Sails). The others aims to serve young people (Party Cruise, V’Spirit Cruise, and Oasis Cruise) or elderlies (Alova Gold, Glory cruise, and Pelican Cruise).

Where do you want to go?

Each cruise in Halong Bay has its own itineraries, therefore, you should make sure that where you want to visit. For example, if you want to visit Cat Ba Island, please be noted that only few cruises will take you to this place, some of them are The Au Co, Bhaya Classic/ Bhaya Classic Premium, and Halong Majestic Cruise. Besides, Indochina Junk, Dragon Legend Cruise, White Dolphin Cruise are excellent options for those prefer to admire the natural beauty of Bai Tu Long Bay.

Which activities are you expected in a Halong cruise?

Normally, all cruises in Halong Bay will organize a series of activities to help passengers enjoy their vacation. However, some cruises try to make themselves different from others. For instance, with Bhaya Cruise or Halong Majestic Cruise, passengers can enjoy a cycling ride in Viet Hai Village. Meanwhile, Dragon’s Pearl Junk and La Fairy make itself different from others when offering dinner in cave. 

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